Exclusive remedy provisions prove downfall for some asbestos victims

9 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

Anthophyllite asbestos SEM 1 100x100 Exclusive remedy provisions prove downfall for some asbestos victimsA U.S. federal appeals court dismissed six asbestos exposure claims Tuesday for failure by the plaintiffs to sufficiently prove that their non-occupational asbestos exposure was a substantial contributor to their injuries. Read the rest of this entry »


Bullfrog protein may be used as mesothelioma treatment

8 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

640px Pyxicephalus adspersus Boston Aquarium 100x100 Bullfrog protein may be used as mesothelioma treatment Standard-of-care treatments for mesothelioma patients often include , usually with a combination of Alimta and Platinol. However, no cure for mesothelioma currently exists and treatments often only extended patients’ lives by months. For those reasons, researchers continue searching for better treatment alternatives. They often turn to plants and animals for these alternatives and have recently turned to amphibians for clues. Read the rest of this entry »


Australia facing asbestos threat via home renovations

7 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Australia facing asbestos threat via home renovationsMuch like in the United States, home renovation has become a booming business in Australia. But it can negatively impact public health. In fact, it’s estimated six out of every 10 asbestos sufferers in the nation today were involved in a major home renovation that contained asbestos. The trend is giving rise to another wave of mesothelioma victims, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Read the rest of this entry »


Cholesterol medication may help reduce healthy cell death in mesothelioma patients

6 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

shutterstock 380260327 edited 100x100 Cholesterol medication may help reduce healthy cell death in mesothelioma patientsA cholesterol-lowering medication may be able to pull double duty to help mesothelioma patients, according to a group of Japanese researchers. The drug, pravastatin, has been shown to reduce damage to healthy cells when given to mice with mesothelioma before radiation treatments. Read the rest of this entry »


Chicago Public Schools behind in handling asbestos, study finds

5 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

cpslogo v1 min 100x100 Chicago Public Schools behind in handling asbestos, study findsAsbestos management is mandated by federal law for all schools in the United States. The regulations require schools to identify asbestos and re-inspect asbestos containing material every three years to monitor that it is not at risk of becoming airborne. Federal law also requires schools to “develop, maintain and update” an asbestos management plan, which documents recommended asbestos response actions for the school, the location of asbestos in the school and any action to repair or remove it.

A new report from Unvision Chicago and the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism found Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have fallen behind in removing or encapsulating asbestos in school buildings. Read the rest of this entry »


NGOs plan to sue over unregistered asbestos imports

2 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Asbestos mine near Canari Haute Corse Corsica 100x100 NGOs plan to sue over unregistered asbestos importsThree non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have taken the first step in taking citizen enforcement action against a company they claim imported nearly 900,000 pounds of asbestos without informing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read the rest of this entry »


African plants found to cause mesothelioma cell death

1 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Elephants Foot Elephantopus scaber 22 100x100 African plants found to cause mesothelioma cell deathIn the realm of incurable cancers, mesothelioma is particularly difficult to treat. One exposure to asbestos fibers decades ago can cause the deadly cancer, and when symptoms appear, it is often too late. Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, patients rarely live longer than one and a half years. Doctors and researchers are continuously searching for new treatment methods to improve patient outcomes. Most recently, researchers are exploring the potential anti-cancer properties of African plants. Read the rest of this entry »


Though budget cuts loom, EPA director pledges to prioritize Superfunds

31 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 Though budget cuts loom, EPA director pledges to prioritize SuperfundsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has undoubtedly faced changes since President Donald Trump took office in January. The shakeup includes naming Scott Pruitt as the agency’s administrator and rolling back many regulations put in place during the Obama era.

Although Pruitt is actively reducing regulations aimed at preventing future environmental issues, he has also recently pledged to prioritize cleaning up old contamination sites, directing regional chiefs to increase efforts to remediate Superfund sites, CBS 42 reports. Read the rest of this entry »


Notorious Sydney asbestos dumper evades court appearances

30 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Notorious Sydney asbestos dumper evades court appearancesIn the midst of Australian city governments deciding to crack down on illegal asbestos dumping, one of the most prolific asbestos dumpers in Sydney is moving his operations to another part of the country, despite not yet appearing in court for eight asbestos dumping offenses in the region. Read the rest of this entry »


North Carolina set to change asbestos lawsuit requirements

26 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

NCLegislature 100x100 North Carolina set to change asbestos lawsuit requirementsNorth Carolina is poised to join the gaggle of states changing requirements for asbestos lawsuits.

Earlier this week The News & Observer reported the state’s House Judiciary II Committee approved the Personal Injury Bankruptcy Trust Claims bill, or Senate Bill 470, by 6-4 vote earlier this week. The bill is now headed to a vote by the full House. Read the rest of this entry »